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Sofia Lundberg, a journalist and former magazine editor, is the debut author behind the Swedish word-of-mouth and blog sensation The Red Address Book. Sofia lives in Stockholm with her son.
Doris lives a lonely life in Stockholm, her only human contact coming from daily carer visits and weekly Skype calls with her beloved grandniece Jenny, who lives in America. Since being given an address book by her dad as a child, Doris has kept a record of her life, noting all the people she’s loved, and all those she’s lost with “DEAD” written against their name. A smart dual narrative lays bare fascinating details of Doris’s life as she writes stories about her past for Jenny, with poignant developments also playing out in the present day narrative. We follow Doris as she’s sent to work for a wealthy Frenchwoman at the age of thirteen, a job that sets her on a path of exploration that continues through her life – modeling in Paris, meeting the love of her life, the outbreak of WWII, a reunion with her younger sister, a flight to America. Doris’s complex, rich life sees her crisscross the Atlantic, following her heart, experiencing near misses, loves lost, and loves re-found. When Doris is hospitalised, her life seems on the verge of crashing in both narratives, as Jenny makes her own journey across the Atlantic to be with the aunt she so loves. The novel’s beautiful ending makes the soul sing, the heart swell and the tears fall, and so I shall leave the last word to Doris: “Don’t be afraid of life, Jenny. Live. Help yourself. Laugh. Life isn’t here to entertain; you have to entertain life. Seize opportunities whenever they come along, and make something good out of them.”
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'A beautiful tale' The Sun 'Such an engrossing and affecting story of love and loss - and the inescapable shadows cast on the present by the past' Joanna Glen Elin has the perfect life. A successful photographer, she lives in New York with her husband Sam and their seventeen-year-old daughter, Alice. But something has always been missing... When Elin receives a letter from her childhood friend Fredrik on the Swedish island of Gotland, memories come flooding back: of a past she has tried to forget, and a terrible secret she has shared with nobody - a secret that made her flee the island, and never return. Torn between past and present and afraid the truth will destroy her family, Elin sets out on a journey to another continent, but also to another time and another life.
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'Written with love, told with joy' Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove 'Wise and captivating' People Magazine Within the pages of 96-year-old Doris's red address book are the names of all those she has loved and lost, telling the story of a colourful life. Living alone in Stockholm, she is comforted by the weekly calls of her grand-niece Jenny, who is haunted by a painful childhood. Finally, Doris decides to put pen to paper, using her address book to recall the memories of a life well-lived - from 1930s Paris runways to narrow New York escapes during World War Two - and what she and Jenny discover may well change their lives forever...
'Written with love, told with joy' Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove A heartwarming debut about 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book. But the most profound moment of her life is still to come ... Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny-her American grandniece, and her only relative-give her great joy and remind her of her own youth. When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colourful past-working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War-can she help Jenny, haunted by a difficult childhood, to unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris's life?
La vida es una sucesion de encuentros, como las perlas en un collar. Conocemos y amamos, nos separamos y nos reunimos, compartimos las alegrias y las derrotas, y nos rompen el corazon.Doris, de 96 anos, ha tenido la misma agenda desde 1928. Ese librito rojo contiene su propio collar de perlas, las personas a las que ha conocido y querido a lo largo de su vida. Ahora Doris vive sola en un apartamento del centro de Estocolmo. Muchos de los nombres de su agenda aparecen tachados, eliminados del mundo, y sus unicas visitas son las del servicio de atencion a la tercera edad. Su principal fuente de alegria son las llamadas de su sobrina nieta, Jenny, que vive al otro lado del Atlantico. Un dia Doris empieza a escribir la historia de como conocio a las personas que dieron forma a su vida, para que Jenny, que sera la unica que la recuerde, pueda compartir su posesion mas valiosa: sus recuerdos."e;Es una lectura fascinante que te llegara al corazon y despertara pensamientos que van mas alla de los limites del texto. Un libro brillante que resume lo que significa ser humano y las circunstancias que nos forman y nos atormentan. /.../ Con pulso amable y seguridad estilistica, Sofia Lundberg habla sobre el valor de las relaciones y dibuja una imagen bastante precisa de las condiciones de la vejez. Espero sinceramente que Sofia Lundberg tenga seguidores y que podamos leer sus futuros trabajos"e;Kulturbloggen, Suecia"e;No solo es conmovedora, sino increiblemente emocionante. /.../ Una autentica joya que me alegra poder recomendar"e;.Bokomaten, Suecia"e;La agenda roja cuenta de manera fantastica una vida de amor, felicidad y tristeza"e;.Boktokig, Suecia"e;Un libro que te hara anorar tu hogar, eso fue lo que escribi cuando hable en Instagram de La agenda roja. Una manta literaria que te envuelve. /.../ Es un libro precioso. Diria que es perfecto para disfrutar junto a una taza de te, una manta calentita, sandwiches de queso y tiempo otonal"e;.Bokoholist, Suecia